You can tell at a glance that Lucinda Goodhew's preferred medium is silk. Just like the fabric, her paintings have a soft, luxurious fluidity. Her subjects - always rich and bold, and painted in vivid, tropical colours - seem to flow into one another, giving each of her pieces a feeling of slow, silkily smooth movement.
Lucinda began her artistic career while one of the 'Mustique set' whose more famous members included Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger, and Patrick Litchfield. It was during an extended stay on the Caribbean island that she began experimenting with paint on fabric. Her work became so popular with friends that she was asked to supply beachwear to Mustique's tiny fashion boutique, which was owned by Colin Tennant (the third Baron Glenconner). There her work outsold that of Anthony Price, who - at the time - was one of the world's hottest designers.
Lucinda returned to London where she attended St. Martin's School of Art under the tutelage of Lady Barran, who quickly became her friend and mentor. After graduating from St. Martin's, she moved on from beachwear and began painting on other garments, most notably bespoke jackets and shirts. For the fortunate few who have acquired one, these have now become treasured collector's pieces. She has received numerous commissions, notably from former prime minister Sir Edward Heath KG; Sir Peter Moores, a former trustee of the Tate Gallery and founder of the Peter Moores Foundation for the arts; and John Quilter when he was the director of Citibank in London with responsibility for art buying.
Lucinda's move from fashion into fine art occurred when she was invited to create paintings for a charity fundraising exhibition at the Cromwell hospital. It was then that she realised that her work was every bit as powerful and effective on a wall as it was on someone's back. She has since exhibited widely in both London and Barbados where her paintings have sold well. Her paintings and wall hangings can still be seen in National Trust properties in Barbados.
However, Lucinda has not entirely abandoned the world of fashion, and painted linen coats formed the core of her last exhibition.
Meanwhile, Lucinda continues to explore other media, and has recently completed a commission to design a mosaic floor at Casa Maya
Lucinda accepts commissions both for paintings and garments. She charges as little as 350 for small items, and provides individual quotations for intricate bespoke silk jackets.